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I am time, the destroyer of all; I have come to consume the world.

That one is dear to me who runs not after the pleasant or away from the painful, grieves
not, lusts not, but lets things come and go as they happen.
Just as a reservoir is of little use when the whole countryside is flooded, scriptures are of
little use to the illumined man or woman, who sees the Lord everywhere.
They alone see truly who see the Lord the same in every creature, who see the deathless
in the hearts of all that die. Seeing the same Lord everywhere, they do not harm
themselves or others. Thus they attain the supreme goal.
With a drop of my energy I enter the earth and support all creatures. Through the moon,
the vessel of life-giving fluid, I nourish all plants. I enter breathing creatures and dwell
within as the life-giving breath. I am the fire in the stomach which digests all food.
There are three gates to this self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed. Renounce these
Pleasure from the senses seems like nectar at first, but it is bitter as poison in the end.
That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end this is the joy of
sattva, born of a mind at peace with itself.
The Lord dwells in the hearts of all creatures and whirls them round upon the wheel of
maya. Run to him for refuge with all your strength, and peace profound will be yours
through his grace.
Whatever you do, make it an offering to me the food you eat, the sacrifices you make,
the help you give, even your suffering.
I am heat; I give and withhold the rain. I am immortality and I am death; I am what is
and what is not.

Those who worship other gods with faith and devotion also worship me, Arjuna, even if
they do not observe the usual forms. I am the object of all worship, its enjoyer and Lord.
Those who remember me at the time of death will come to me. Do not doubt this.
Whatever occupies the mind at the time of death determines the destination of the
dying; always they will tend toward that state of being.
When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a
windless place.
They are forever free who renounce all selfish desires and break away from the egocage
of I, me, and mine to be united with the Lord. This is the supreme state. Attain to
this, and pass from death to immortality.
They live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, who have renounced
every selfish desire and sense-craving tormenting the heart.
The meaning of Karma is in the intention. The intention behind action is what matters.
Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for they
are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.
You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in
action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction.
Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself without
selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of
At the beginning of time I declared two paths for the pure heart: jnana yoga, the
contemplative path of spiritual wisdom, and karma yoga, the active path of selfless
service. There are the fundamental different types of yoga.
Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind. It was by such work that Janaka
attained perfection; others too have followed this path.
There is nothing in the three worlds for me to gain, Arjuna, nor is there anything I do
not have; I continue to act, but I am not driven by any need of my own.

The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna; the wise work for the welfare of the
world, without thought for themselves.
It is better to strive in ones own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another.
Nothing is ever lost in following ones own dharma, but competition in anothers
dharma breeds fear and insecurity.
The senses are higher than the body, the mind higher than the senses; above the mind is
the intellect, and above the intellect is the Atman. Thus, knowing that which is supreme,
let the Atman rule the ego. Use your mighty arms to slay the fierce enemy that is selfish
You and I have passed through many births, Arjuna. You have forgotten, but I
remember them all.
My true being is unborn and changeless. I am the Lord who dwells in every creature.
Through the power of my own maya, I manifest myself in a finite form.
Those who know me as their own divine Self break through the belief that they are the
body and are not reborn as separate creatures. Such a one, Arjuna, is united with me.